APA's Council of Representatives has elected Jean A. Carter, PhD, and Rosie Phillips Bingham, PhD, to serve three-year terms on APA's Board of Directors. Each woman brings a wealth of governance experience, resourcefulness and creativity to the job:
Academician and counseling psychologist Rosie Phillips Bingham, PhD, has risen through the ranks at the University of Memphis, serving as vice president for student affairs since 2003.
Bingham may be best known for co-creating APA's annual National Multicultural Conference and Summit. She has served on council for Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) for six years (2001–07) and as president of Div. 17 in 1998. She chaired APA's Board of Professional Affairs in 2005.
In her new position, Bingham intends to make sure council feels it's heard. "Sometimes the council members feel a little separated. I want to focus on that and make sure the board really serves council," she says.
At Memphis, she recently fought to double the number of scholarships provided to students who could participate in an Emerging Leaders Program that trains up-and-coming students to be leaders in community and campus organizations.
Little-known fact: Bingham's 24-year-old son, Akil Davis, is a spoken word/rap artist and member of a popular New York City music group called Ippazzi, which debuted its first album, "Balance Between," last year. "He's far more interesting than I am," she says.
Bingham used his title as the inspiration for an upcoming chapter she wrote for "The Handbook of Multicultural Counseling" called "My Life as a Balance Between..."
A 28-year veteran of psychology private practice, Jean A. Carter, PhD, also has an abundance of APA leadership experience. She represented Div. 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice) on council from 2005–07, chaired APA's Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice in 2004, served as vice chair of APA's Finance Committee in 2008 and on APA's Presidential Task Force on Evidence Based Practice in 2004–05. She has been president of three APA divisions: Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), Div. 29 (Psychotherapy) and Div. 42.
One issue Carter plans to focus on as a board member is the research and practice divide, which she believes requires a new approach.
"When we talk about the science and practice split, some of what we are running into is a cultural or worldview problem," Carter says. "If we could apply some of our knowledge about multicultural perspectives, we may better value one another without having to defend ourselves as valuable."
Little-known fact: Carter is the third-oldest in a family of 11 children, raised in Los Alamos, N.M. "I spent my whole life taking care of people," says Carter. "Going into psychology was a very natural move."